Cris ‘Cyborg’ Santos is na haar partij tegen Hiroko Yamanaka op 17 december 2011 positief getest op anabole steroïde. Dit heeft het California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) bekend gemaakt.

Santos wist deze partij al in de eerste ronde binnen 16 seconden te winnen op knock-out. Omdat ze positief is getest moet ze een boete betalen van $2,500, wordt haar vergunning ingetrokken en wordt de uitslag van haar laatste wedstrijd omgezet in een no contest.

De huidige Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight (145 lb) Champion Santos wist van haar 5 partijen in Strikeforce er vier te winnen door middel van knock-out. Ook haar laatste partij won ze op knock-out maar wordt nu omgezet naar een no-contest.

“Our primary concern is for the health and safety of fighters,” zegt CSAC Executive Officer George Dodd.  “Anabolic agents and other banned substances put not only the users of those agents at risk, but their opponents as well. The commission simply will not tolerate their use.”

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker komt met de volgende verklaring:

“STRIKEFORCE has not seen the test results regarding Ms. Santos. However, we have a consistent and strong stance against any use of performance-enhancing drugs.  We also have a long history of supporting effective drug testing of athletes by authorized regulatory bodies. Therefore, we will closely monitor the matter and will work with the California State Athletic Commission regarding any information we may be asked to provide. We also recognize that Ms. Santos has administrative process rights under California law and we hope that she is not prejudged before she has the opportunity to exercise such rights.”